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Charlie Hennigan

Charlie Hennigan, from Louisiana’s Northwestern State University, joined the Houston Oilers in their first year, 1960. He scored the first touchdown in Oilers history, but played in only 11 games. After a promising rookie season, in 1961 he started all 14 games and established himself as a superstar in the American Football League by gaining 1,746 yards receiving, a record that stood for 34 years. One of quarterback George Blanda’s main targets, Hennigan was the first professional football player to catch more than a hundred passes in a single season (101 in 1964) and to twice gain over 1500 yards in pass receiving (1961 and 1964). He was an American Football League All-star five straight years, 1961 through 1965. Hennigan was selected to the All-Time All-AFL second team, and is a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.


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